Bekraf, Nusa Dua – Hundreds of delegates from dozens of countriesparticipated in the Friends of Creative Economy (FCE) held in Nusa Dua, Bali, on Monday (2/9/2019).

The event, which was organized by the Indonesian Agency for Creative Economy (Bekraf) in collaboration with Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the second time after the first one held in Bali last year, seeks to discuss policy directions, inventory of ideas, resolving of problems in creative economy, as well as strategies to develop global creative economy.

Director for International Relations of Bekraf K. Candra Negara delivered his welcoming remarks before the FCE was officially opened by the Agency’s Vice-Chairman Ricky Pesik and Vice-Minister of Indonesian Foreign Affairs A.M. Fachir.

“Your presence shows your strong support to promote and expand creative economy issues to global level,” he said, adding that partners, representatives of governments and international organizations, academicians, and practitioners in creative industry are gathered in a spirit of hospitality to discuss the issues of economic industry and implementation of the Bali Agenda.

The Director went on to say that today’s meeting reflects positive measures which are in line with the mission to mainstream the creative economy issues. The meeting, he added, also allowed everyone to present their ideas and perspectives, not only in promoting the Bali Agenda and its relation to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), but also in addressing challenges emerging in this sector.

For the record, the FCE is a multi-stakeholder forum that involves academicians, businessmen, the government, communities, and media (pentahelix) from various countries. This annual event raises various issues and the development of creative economy aimed at promoting international collaboration in creative economy in a more inclusive manner.

The event, which was attended by 200 delegates from 37 countries and international organizations, adopts the theme “Reviving the Implementation of Bali Agenda.”  Bali Agenda for Creative Economy is the follow-up of the World Conference on Creative Economy 2018 on 6-8 November 2018 in Nusa Dua, Bali.

The Bali Agenda contains 21 road maps for countries to advance their creative economy and to mainstream the issue of creative economy at the global level. (Kris)